Life in West Bountiful, Utah, explained by people who’ve lived in West Bountiful:
*Response format = Answer (Your name, How long you’ve lived in West Bountiful)
West Bountiful Favorites
What’s your favorite thing about living in West Bountiful?
- Convenience to freeway. (Tom, 6 years)
- It was kind of rural, but getting less and so. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- Neighbors. (Jason, 18 years)
- Being close to Salt Lake, but still feeling like I live in the country. We have access to anything, live stage theater in Centerville, shopping at Station Park and downtown, close access to Frontrunner. Educational opportunities are also close in all directions of us. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- Rural feel and close to city. (Mark, 25 years)
- The rural feel/LDS community. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Least Favorites
What’s your least favorite thing about living in West Bountiful?
- Getting stuck by the train on Pages. (Tom, 6 years)
- Getting less and less rural. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- It was more rural when I moved here with lots of animals, I miss that. (Jason, 18 years)
- I worry we are close to turning into another West Jordan…Lots of busy roads, lots of people, lots of apartments. Fewer pastures and country roads being converted to neat curb-and-gutter neighborhoods. I understand that people want to profit from the development of their land. But, starter homes mean less permanent families for the area. My restful environment with long-term neighbors is being threatened to turn into the constant rush of an over-populated suburb. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- Poorly managed police department (usually), very hard water in our drinking system, and a city clean-up system (spring/fall) that requires a pick-up truck to use. (Mark, 25 years)
- No access to the Bountiful landfill. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Things To Do
What are fun things to do in West Bountiful?
- City park, trails, Costco. (Tom, 6 years)
- 4th of July at the park. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- Trails, city events. (Jason, 18 years)
- The 4th of July activities in the park is a family tradition. My children of all ages love the park. We enjoy the monthly community concerts when we can attend. We are always using the trails for walking and biking. Those trails are a great asset to the community. We are close enough to entertainment in neighboring cities that we don’t need to add more to our home-base. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- Biking; going to the park (I don’t golf or own horses) that’s all there is. (Mark, 25 years)
- Horse riding and trails. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful’s Reputation
What’s West Bountiful known for?
- The sponge (golf course) and speeding tickets. (Tom, 6 years)
- Costco. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- The last true bedroom community of the Wasatch Front as we have no industry, strip-mall, or gas station west of the freeway in the city boundary where we enjoy living. I’d like to keep it that way. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- Refineries; city council squabbles; poor policing; mosquitoes; mosquitoes; and mosquitoes. (Mark, 25 years)
- Rural feel, close to the big city/animals. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Crime
What’s the crime like in West Bountiful?
- Not much. I’d guess other than traffic citations, most crime is over in the shopping area. (Tom, 6 years)
- Very little that I know of. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- Low crime as far as I know. (Jason, 18 years)
- I know there are a few petty thefts around. I think our police officers can be a little too aggressive where they could help, instead of bully around with official muscles. I wouldn’t say there are any hot spots. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- I don’t know; but I never see or hear about any, so I assume there is none. (Mark, 25 years)
- Moderate. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Advice
Any advice for people moving to West Bountiful?
- Relax! (Tom, 6 years)
- If you’re not Mormon, you won’t know many people. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- It’s a great place to live. (Jason, 18 years)
- Only come if you plan on staying awhile. Don’t go even two miles over the speed limit down Onion Street. Get to know your neighbors. Good people live here. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- Make sure you have a good sump pump on your property, and don’t leave places for mosquitoes to breed. (Mark, 25 years)
- Get used to the animal smells. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Stories
Share an experience you’ve had in West Bountiful (fun, crazy, dangerous, etc.).
- Early morning bike ride all the way to West Kaysville and back on the railway trail. (Tom, 6 years)
- I saw a UFO one evening. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- 4th of July parades and the Safety fair. (Jason, 18 years)
- It is the strong sense of community that we enjoy here that becomes especially evident when there is a crisis. I saw the community pull together after the severe windstorm several years ago. It didn’t matter where you went to church or who were. Everyone helped their neighbor. My family loves the parade and seeing people we love, kids have grown up with, and people that we admire both in the parade and along the street watching it. As I think about memories that involve “West Bountiful”, I can’t help but acknowledge the sense of community we enjoy here that I believe is unique to our little town. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- The city fireworks are a family tradition. We sit in the same place each year, come early, and like to talk to all our neighbors and friends. The parade is always a great part of the day’s (or several days’) events. We love them. (Mark, 25 years)
West Bountiful’s Future
How do you think West Bountiful will change over the next 10 years?
- The remaining farms will be developed. (Tom, 6 years)
- Become over developed. (Anonymous, 10 years)
- More houses (unfortunately). Other than that, the city seems to improve the parks, roads, etc. (Jason, 18 years)
- I hope it doesn’t change. My concern is that someone will decide we need to improve the city, and start making changes where no changes were needed. If West Bountiful needs to be improved, then those who feel that way shouldn’t move here. I think it’s important to maintain infrastructure, improve parks, and fix the roads. But, there is also a distinctive rural, community atmosphere I would hope is recognized and guarded as “progress” growth threatens the reasons why people like living in West Bountiful. If you wanted to add things to the city, maybe a little city museum as part of the city building with artifacts and pics of the past. The McKean barn is probably coming down. Is anyone documenting that history? We have great wetlands to the west. Could we add a bird reserve and boardwalk area out there? Probably unreasonable ideas, but those types of improvements are better than more neighborhoods, in my opinion. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- More houses; more people; more traffic. No rural feel; no horses; no pastures. (Mark, 25 years)
- More populated. (Trent, 35 years)
West Bountiful Facts
Any other interesting facts about West Bountiful?
- Small town feel in the middle of it all. (Tom, 6 years)
- Smallest city in Davis County, still close to SLC. (Jason, 18 years)
- I wish people knew that 800 West is called Onion Street. We have a heritage around here, and onions is really part of that. (Kimberly, 22 years)
- The city changes size depending on the size of the lake. (Mark, 25 years)